Thursday, December 07, 2006

Reflections

Reflection: A thought occurring in consideration or meditation.

As I reflect, consider, and meditate on my past three months in the Dominican Republic, growth is the word to most correctly sum up what has taken place. It has truly been a journey of ups and downs and daily renewal. I have learned that there is a strength and peace that is found in no other than God alone. I have grown in faith, in trust, in the person that I am.

I am so thankful for this life, this work that I get to be a part of. I feel honored at the privilege to serve these children, to come alongside such incredible people all striving for the same things. To see others who have opened their absolute hearts touches me so deeply. Relationships that can be formed instantly, bonds that will last more than a lifetime.

What a joy it is to follow after Jesus and serve the poor, the needy, the children, each other. What an example He left, what a support He is down this path. To use the gifts I have as a nurse to help others medically but also to love as He loved, to shower these kids with hugs, attention, kind words, support, prayers.

Yes, there is pain. Yes, there are trials-tribulations even, but who am I to focus on my problems when I have the promise of plans to give me a hope and a future? What are my struggles compared to the abused child, poverty beyond undestanding, and lost hope? I have hope. I have a future. I have a promise that wherever I go and whatever I do, I will be taken care of.

So with reflection, I can truly say that I have grown and am stronger each day, but only by the grace and love and strength of my God. The friends I have made, the family that I have, the friends that continue to encourage me in this path, I am so grateful for.

1 comment:

HermanoMayor said...

Jessi is my hero. It is so cool to see how God has comforted and given her vision during this time. She is an amazing example.